We are proud that we have made it to the five year mark. Word Up Cafe needs your help to overcome obstacles caused by the Pandemic
Unfortunately we have all experienced the devastating effects of the Pandemic. It has been very difficult
financially particularly since I recently retired as a teacher as a result I have far less income to inject into the business as needed.
We have the heart but we need your support. Please, do what you can . Thanking you in advance.
we need to pay salaries, our lease, and re -hire people we had to let go.
You may say awe it’s just a café, no big deal. However, 8 year
old Joel’s face lights up with a smile from ear to ear when he can come in and write his name down on the
open mic list and confidently do his dance for all to applaud. Jayden and his mommy come in after school
play games, laugh and eat cookies together. Frankie and Lisa learn facts about sickle Cell. 17 year old
Jisselle says “a safe space where fear and hate disappear”, Mohammad , 17 says, the cafe keeps kids off the
street , 17 year old Monique says Word Up Café brings out the expressiveness in people, Tiffany, 17 says
Word Up Café is a great place to get delicious food and great entertainment. So as you can see
I , Sharron J Kennedy -Frost initiated the Phillis Wheatly Poetry & Jazz Cafe in PS 328 located in East New York Brooklyn, it operated for more than ten years in the school.
As the school librarian I would convert the library into a Cafe. I involved the students by utilizing them as managers, accountants, waiters, waitresses, entertainers, multimedia presenters etc.
The Café was a way to teach math in a memorable way, expose students to the idea of entrepreneurship and more importantly provide an outlet for students to express themselves. I like to say vent verbally instead of violently. As, a result of the café I was able to purchase instruments for the students thus producing The PW Jazz Band Under the direction of the late Harry Constant may he Rest In Peace. I fondly remember that he would take the students Downtown Brooklyn Borough Hall to play. What a joy!
The Café was well received by the students, parents, staff and community at large. We worked together to make it a success.
Unfortunately, the library position at the school was excessed and I became an ATR (Absent Teacher Reserve). Fortunately I always remembered the positive impact the café had on the youth, so it inspired me to open a similar cafe in the East New York Community. In short Word Up Café strives to help uplift the community through the positive use of our words, actions, skills and talent. It is my vision to open Word Up Cafes throughout the diaspora for the people by the people.
Word Up Café started as a popup Café in 2012, then an incubator space on New Lots Ave created in a shipping container in 2015.
In 2016 we were blessed to open our brick and mortar location at 652 Pennsylvania Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207.
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